Briar Esterline ✓ author
Right outside the small town of Burriston, Pennsylvania is Ablem’s Sanctuary: a luxurious inn with freshly-painted walls, sparkling windows, and a manicured apple orchard all run by the reclusive Ablem family; it’s a place straight from a fairytale. Then people start going missing in the late summer of 1995, vanishing without a trace and returning... different.
Stanley Dolmen has his own problems: he's still reeling from his mother’s sudden death and an uncontrollable power awakening within him. But when his path crosses with the Ablems, he soon finds himself drawn into their world of wealth, secrecy, and the affection he’s been starved of in his own family.
However, it seems to come with a hefty price. He begins to question their intentions when his world descends into terror, his family is caught in the crosshairs of dangerous people, and a supernatural force is growing wrathful in the surrounding woods. With the help of the outcasts in his neighborhood, he is forced to decide whether to believe the Ablem's checkered past or have the rest of the town pay the ultimate price for his mistakes.